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Ten Commandments in History: Mosaic Paradigms for a Well-Ordered Society (Paul Grimley Kuntz Thomas D'Evelyn (ed)) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2004) 9780802826602
Ten Commandments in History: Mosaic Paradigms for a Well-Ordered Society (Paul Grimley Kuntz Thomas D'Evelyn (ed)) Paperback Book, (Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co, 2004) 9780802826602
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Title: The Ten Commandments in History: Mosaic Paradigms for a Well-Ordered Society

Author: Kuntz, Paul Grimley Thomas D'Evelyn (ed)

Publisher: Wm B Eerdmans Publishing Co; Publication Date: 2004

Paperback; ISBN: 9780802826602

Volumes: 1; Pages: 240

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Foreword by Marion Leathers KuntzPaul Grimley Kuntz was a deeply religious man who not only found profundity in the Decalogue but also was convinced that it offers the most reasonable paradigm for a well-ordered society. The Ten Commandments in History, sure to be considered Kuntz's magnum opus, argues that the Ten Commandments are universal principles of order that have to be applied in concrete circumstances in order for their meaning to be fully understood. As proof of his perspective, Kuntz engages the thought of more than twenty philosophers from antiquity to modern times, analyzing how each interpreted the Decalogue and adapted it to the changing needs of his particular age.Among the figures treated in the book are Philo, St. Gregory Palamas, Richard Rolle, Ramon Lull, Aquinas, Wycliffe, Luther, Calvin, Hobbes, Locke, Edwards, Montesquieu, Kant, Jefferson, Bentham, Montaigne, Pascal, Hegel, and Nietzsche. Some of these figures wrote treatises directly on the Decalogue; others referred to the Decalogue in their prominent writings; still others constructed their own decalogues.In addition to the scholarly contribution Kuntz's work makes to the study of the Decalogue, the book is also constructive in design. By considering past thought on the Decalogue in relation to competing visions of civil society, Kuntz hoped that readers would find a new reverence for the Ten Commandments and value their usefulness in addressing the decline of civil order.1. Classical and Medieval1. The Ten Commandments, Ancient and Modern2. Philo Judaeus: A Decalogue in Balance3. Saint Gregory of Palamas: The Christian Transformation4. Richard Rolle: The Decalogue of an English Hermit5. King Alfred: The Decalogue and Anglo-American Law6. Ramon Lull: A Decalogue of Medieval Reasons7. Thomas Aquinas: Firmness and Flexibility in the Decalogue2. Reformation8. Girolamo Savonarola: The Decalogue of a Fanatic9. John Wycliffe: A Powerful Original10. Martin Luther: A Decalogue of Faith11. John Calvin: The Logic of the Law12. Paracelsus: Commandments without Stone13. Joseph Waite: Ecstasies of the Puritan Heart14. Thomas Hobbes and John Locke15. Jonathan Edwards: The Commandment of Love3. Modern16. Montesquieu: The Decalogue of a Philosophe17. Immanuel Kant: A Critical Decalogue18. Thomas Jefferson: The Decalogues of a Civil Religion19. Jeremy Bentham: Blunt Critic of the Decalogue20. A Diversity of Rationalists: Montaigne, Pascal, Spinoza, and Hegel21. Nietzsche and After: The Lastingness of the Ten CommandmentsSelected SourcesIndex
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